Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.
Law enforcement officers risk their lives for their communities, and National Law Enforcement Day offers citizens an opportunity to thank the officers for answering a call to public service that is demanding and often underpaid and unappreciated.
Several organizations came together to create National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day in 2015 to thank officers across the country for all the daily sacrifices they make for their communities. Some of the organizations supporting the observance include:
- Concerns of Police Survivors
- FBI National Academy Associates
- Fraternal Order of Police
- International Association of Chief of Police
- Officer Down Memorial Page
- Law Enforcement United
- National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
- International Conference of Police Chaplains
- National Troopers Coalition
Since the inaugural celebration, many more organizations have joined in supporting National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.
In addition, Peace Officers Memorial Day is observed May 15 in the U.S. to pay tribute to the local, state and federal law enforcement officers who have died or been permanently disabled in the line of duty. It is marked as part of National Police Week and is sponsored by the National Fraternal Order of Police.